The Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University is searching for an open rank tenure-track or tenured (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) candidate to serve as the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies. The start date is Fall 2022. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related appropriate field is required. ABD candidates will be considered with the expectation that the Ph.D. is completed before the start date. The candidate will demonstrate a record of teaching excellence at the college or university level. Candidate must be proficient in English and have knowledge of at least one language of India, have published works on Jainism and other religions of India, pursue a substantial research agenda, and should have significant field experience in India. A secondary specialization in Hinduism, Buddhism, environment, medicine, ethics, or feminist theories and/or experience in interreligious dialogue is preferred but not required. The candidate will teach a regular 3-2 load and will focus on a range of courses about the religions of India in general and Jainism in particular, and background in the field of religious studies and knowledge of world religions is desirable. The person hired will work closely with the Jain Studies committee at FIU as well as the Jain Educational and Research Foundation (JERF) to organize lectures and symposia and oversee and develop exchange programs in India, including summer study programs and tours. The department, with twelve full time members, offers B.A. and M.A. degrees, and is located within FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). We strongly encourage historically underrepresented minorities and people with experience in teaching diverse student populations to apply and welcome applicants to reflect in their cover letter on how they could enhance the Department’s strengths and offerings.
In September 2021, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) received full membership in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). This prestigious organization includes the top 40 schools of international affairs in the world. The SIPA is among 25 in the US with this designation, 5th in the Southeastern United States, and the 1st and only in the State of Florida.
Qualified applicants should apply to Job Opening ID 526485 at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/. Please submit your cover letter, C.V., and a diversity statement (https://go.fiu.edu/diversitystatement). Three letters of reference will be solicited from finalists at a later date. In your cover letter, please discuss your scholarly profile, your teaching expertise and pedagogical innovations, any externally funded projects, and how you envision your work enhancing and diversifying the Department’s strengths. Your cover letter should also speak to your demonstrated commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus community and your vision for contributing to this work at FIU.
Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr.Iqbal Ahktar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by April 18th, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.